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nuevas tecnologas: bio-, nano- & ingeniera gentica

Polio Made from Scratch

Authors:

Clarke, Tom

Publication Date:

July 12, 2002

Abstract:

Describes the use of laboratory chemicals to create a living polio virus -- the first time chemicals have ever been put together into a living (self-replicating) structure. Full citation: Tom Clarke, "Polio Made from Scratch," Nature Online July 12, 2002. See also in this library, "Chemical Synthes...

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Polio Made from Scratch, (PDF, 127 KB)

The Big Down

Authors:

Group, Etc

Publication Date:

January 1, 2003

Abstract:

Describes, from a public interest perspective, the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science....

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The Big Down, (PDF, 669 KB)

Why the Future Doesn't Need Us

Authors:

Joy, Bill

Publication Date:

April 1, 2000

Abstract:

A famous cautionary appeal for us all to pay attention to the dangers of nanotechnology....

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Why the Future Doesn't Need Us, (HTM, 71 KB)

Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance

Publication Date:

June 1, 2002

Abstract:

Report of a U.S.-government-sponsored conference on the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science to create a new industrial revolution, to revolutionize society, and to assure U.S. dominance in the future....

Future Technologies, Today's Choices

Publication Date:

July 1, 2003

Abstract:

Describes the promise and the potential hazards of three converging technologies: nanotechnology (the creation of things smaller than 100 micrometers), artificial intelligence, and biotechnology....

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Future Technologies, Today's Choices, (PDF, 326 KB)

Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for Science

Authors:

Lubchenco, Jane

Publication Date:

January 23, 1998

Abstract:

Then-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Jane Lubchenco, calls upon scientists to devote their energies and talents to the most pressing problems of the day because the environment is in trouble. Jane Lubchenco, "Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Socia...

Places to Intervene in a System

Authors:

Meadows, Donella

Publication Date:

December 1, 1997

Abstract:

How does "the system" (or any system) change? Donella Meadows, one of the most original thinkers of our time, describes 10 places to intervene in any system, ranking the 10 for their effectiveness at producing lasting change....

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Places to Intervene in a System, (TXT, 37 KB)

Notes on Strategy for Minimizing the Harms of Nanotechnology

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

March 1, 2003

Abstract:

Describes the "cultural backdrop" against which nanotechnology is developing....

Agent Green Over The Amazon - Drug War Policy Threatens to Unleash Havoc in South America

Authors:

Conant, Jeff

Publication Date:

September 1, 2000

Abstract:

An Investigative Report from Lago Agrio, Ecuador on the impending release of a genetically modified fungus. The fumigations, aimed at destroying plantations of poppy and coca and the livelihoods that depend on illicit cultivation, are part of Plan Colombia....

Paquete de Recursos: El Principio de la Precaución

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

November 7, 2000

Abstract:

A continuación les ofrecemos una colección de ejemplares pasados de Salud y Medio Ambiente tratando el tema del principio de la precaución. Por ahora son once en total, y han sido presentados en este documento en orden ascendente por la fecha de su aparición original....
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